MULTI-YEAR FUNDING FOR CARIBBEAN WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND LBTIQ ORGANIZATIONS
In order to advance women’s and LBTIQ rights and gender equality in the Caribbean region, the Women’s Voice and Leadership - Caribbean (WVL-Caribbean) inititiative—which is implemented by the Equality Fund in partnership with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) with the support of the Government of Canada—will support the capacity, leadership, and agendas of grassroots women’s rights organizations (WROs) and lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LBTIQ) groups that advance their own solutions to improve women’s and LBTIQ rights and gender equality in their own contexts.
WVL-Caribbean has established a Multi-Year Funding Mechanism to support the work of WROs and LBTIQ groups in the Caribbean region. Selected organizations must be based and/or working in one of the following Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM): Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or Suriname.
The project will provide approximately 20 multi-year grants ranging from CAD $10,000 to CAD $20,000 (USD $7,000 to USD $15,000) per year over a period of three (3) years, to provide core funding to WROs and LBTIQ groups to enable them to implement their own programs and advocacy based on their own agendas and priorities. The project will prioritize groups and organizations working directly and at the intersections of the following broad thematic areas of focus:
- Economic Justice;
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights;
- Feminist Leadership and Movement-Building;
- Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Rights; and
- Climate Change.
Organizations will submit their applications to either the Equality Fund OR Astraea (depending on their thematic areas of work and governance structures), through ONE of the following streams:
- If your organization identifies as a WRO, funded and led by women or girls, please apply through the Equality Fund.
- If your organization identifies as an LBTIQ-led organization, please apply through Astraea.
For more information about the eligibility criteria and application process, please download our Information Sheet.
Deadline: Friday, February 14th, 2020